July 2011

Horizon 2020 - the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

80 billion € funding proposed for 2014-2020 to boost research and innovation in Europe

On 21 June, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (European Commissioner for Research and Innovation) announced the outcome of the competition for the new name for the future EU funding programme for research and innovation. "Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation" is the winner of the "You Name it" online vote to name the future EU-funding programme for research and innovation.

According to the European Commission, Horizon 2020 is not just a new name but the name for the new, integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The next Framework Program, starting in 2014, aims at bringing these different types of funding together in a coherent and flexible manner, thus eliminating fragmentation and including national research programmes.

A communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the regions, was published on 29 June, in which José Barroso, President of the European Commision, proposes to allocate €80 billion for the 2014-2020 period for the Common Strategic Framework for Research and Innovation. This funding will be complemented by important support for research and innovation in the Structural Funds. The challenge for the European Commission is to promote increased investment in research and development across the EU, so that the target of the Europe 2020 strategy of 3% of GDP investment is reached.

The Commission proposes that future research and innovation funding be based on three main areas that are firmly anchored in the Europe 2020 strategy:

Important goal for the EC is to improve the record of turning scientific knowledge into patented processes and products for use not only in high-tech industries but perhaps even more importantly in traditional sectors. 

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